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Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/6/23)

A Block, round 7!

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Will The Mighty still not kneel?

As World Tag League enters round seven, TMDK leads A Block with 10 points! But will they hold onto their spot in the semifinals? Or will the War Dogs rob them of their chance?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Opening Match – Oskar Leube VS Shoma Kato; Leube wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Yuji Nagata, Minoru Suzuki & Ryusuke Taguchi VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Atlantis Jr, Soberano Jr, Tiger Mask & Tomoaki Honma; LIJ wins.
  • Six Man Tag: El Phantasmo, Hikuleo & Jado VS Lance Archer, Alex Zayne & Master Wato; Archer, Zayne & Wato win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Bishamon VS Just5Guys; Okada, Tanahashi & Bishamon win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, A Block: Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa VS The Gates of Agony; The Gates of Agony win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, A Block: Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Evil & Yujiro win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, A Block: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Great-O-Khan & Henare; Khan & Henare win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, A Block: TMDK VS Gabe Kidd & Alex Coughlin; Kidd & Coughlin win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current A Block standings!

  • TMDK: 5-1, 10 points
  • Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 4-2, 8 points
  • Bullet Club War Dogs: 4-2, 8 points
  • Shota Umino & Ren Narita: 3-3, 6 points
  • The United Empire: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • The House of Torture: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • The Gates of Agony: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

2023 World Tag League, A Block: Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa VS The Gates of Agony!

Well, neither team is going to the semifinals after this. But that doesn’t matter! This is now about pride, and can return to their home promotions with their heads held high! Will the Green Supernova & his protege slam the Gates shut? Or will Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona no longer be the bottom of the block?

The teams sort out and Kaun starts against Oiwa. The two circle and fans rally up. They tie up, go around, Oiwa wrenches to a hammerlock. Kaun swtiches tha tonto Oiwa to hit a headlock takeover. Oiwa headscissors and he holds tight. Kaun moves around, rolls Oiwa and then ties up the legs to then float to a facelock. Oiwa slips out, Kaun gets up but Oiwa wrenches and wristlocks. Fans applaud and Oiwa YANKS the arm. Oiwa wrenches again, fireman’s carries for a takeover, but Kaun fights around. Oiwa wrenches again but Kaun wrenches back. Kaun wrangles Oiwa but Oiwa bridges up!

Oiwa moves around, stands back up, but Kaun wrenches. Kaun wristlocks, Oiwa rolls, slips through and lifts Kaun! Kaun fights that but Oiwa headlocks back. They end up in the red corner and Kaito tags in. Fans cheer as Kaito wrenches an arm. then Team Noah double whips. They double arm-drag, Oiwa ROCKS Liona but Liona stays up! Liona snarls while Kaito keeps on Kaun’s arm. Kaito RAMS Kaun, and RAMS him, and RAMS him again. Kaito CLUBS the arm, then brings Kaun over. Tag to Oiwa and he wrenches the other arm. Oiwa wristlocks but Kaun ROCKS him! Oiwa swings, but Kaun shoves him into Liona’s forearm!

Kaun gets Oiwa on the rebound with a SNAP GERMAN! Cover, but Kaito breaks it! Kaun fires hands, DECKS Kaito and Kaito bails out. Kaito goes back to Oiwa to stomp and throw down forearms. Kaun then springboard stomps Oiwa! Fans rally but Kaun drags Oiwa over and tags in Liona. Kaun CHOPS Oiwa, then he and Liona fire each other up with slaps! Kaun sends LIona in but Oiwa dodges! Oiwa dodges Kaun, too, puts him on the apron and ROCKS him! Oiwa suplexes but Kaun fights it! Kaun suplexes but Oiwa lands safe on the apron! Liona runs in, Oiwa ROCKS him! But Kaun hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX!

Liona BLASTS Kaito off the apron, then goes to APRON SENTON Oiwa! Liona roars right into the camera while Oiwa flops to the floor. Kaun slides into the ring, tags Liona in, the ring count climbs as Liona waits on Oiwa. Oiwa stirs at 7 of 20, flounders up at 10, and rolls in at 12. Fans applaud but Liona drags Oiwa right up to CHOP! Oiwa falls into the corner, Liona CHOKES him and Kaun joins in! The ref reprimands, the Gates let off, but Kaun keeps Oiwa in the corner. Liona tags Kaun Oiwa fights back, but he gets mugged! The ref reprimands, the Gates let off, and Kaun snapmares to a cover, TWO!

Fans applaud as Oiwa hangs tough, but Kaun sits Oiwa up. Kaun runs to slide into the chinlock. Kaun squeezes tight but Kaito coaches Oiwa up. Kaun pulls Oiwa way back, but Oiwa still endures the almost Bully Choke! ROPEBREAK and Kaun lets off. Tag to Liona and the Gates hoist Oiwa up, to DOUBLE SLAM! LIona runs to drop the ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Oiwa hangs tough and fans cheer, but Liona stalks Oiwa. Liona clamps onto Oiwa with a shoulder claw! Oiwa endures, the fans rally again, and Oiwa fights up! But Liona HEADBUTTS him back down! Liona drops another elbow but Oiwa avoids it!

Oiwa crawls for his corner but Liona gets legs. Oiwa boots LIona away, then DROPKICKS him! Liona stays up, Oiwa hurries, hot tag to Kaito! Kaito dodges Liona, BLASTS Kaun then fires forearm son Liona! Kaito whips, Liona blocks! Liona whips Kaito to a corner but Kaito comes back to ROCK Liona! And then Kaito runs to th ecorner, but is put on the apron! Kaito RAMS into Liona, goes up top, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up with Kaito as Linoa flounders. Kaito runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges but leaps into Liona’s arms! SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kaito survives the Scrapbuster but Liona is furious!

Liona roars for Kaun, and then tags him in. The Gates storm up on Kaito, but he avoids the lariat sandwich! Kaito hurries, hot tag to Oiwa! Oiwa DROPKICKS Kaun! And DROPKICKS Liona, but Liona swats it! Liona UPPERCUTS Oiwa, he and Kaun LARIAT SANDWICH! The Gates roar, they drag Oiwa up, and OPEN THE GATES- NO, Kaito saves Oiwa, but Kaun ROCKS him! The Gates double whip but kaito dodges, the Noah boys DOUBLE DROPKICK Kaun! Then they dodge Liona to DOUBLE DROPKICK him! Fans fire up as Kaito goes up and Oiwa lifts Kaun! DOUBLE IMPACT DOOMSDAY!

Oiwa roars and he hauls Kaun up, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Liona breaks it! Kaito goes after Liona, Oiwa helps out! But LIona shoves them both away! Liona runs in, but they dump him out! Kaito then PLANCHAS to take Liona down! Fans fire up and Oiwa has Kaun. Oiwa whips, Kaun goes up and over then SHOTGUNS Oiwa! Kaun shouts for Liona but Kaito is back! Kaito waistlocks Kaun, kauns witches and sends him to Liona. Kaito kicks back, shoves Kaun into Liona, and then back suplex for Kaun! Kaun lands on his feet, Liona HEADBUTTS Kaito! The Gates coordinate, POWERBOMB BACKSTABBER!

Then Liona deadlifts Kaito to POWERBOMB him into Oiwa! Liona roars, he and Kaun coordinate, and Liona HIP ATTACKS Oiwa, to then Kaun METEORAS! Then they OPEN HEAVEN’S GATES!! Cover, The Gates win!!

Winners: The Gates of Agony, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kaito & Oiwa earn 0)

The Gates slammed shut, but on Kaito & Oiwa! Team Noah ends up in last, does this mean they’re not destined to #CreateTheFuture? As for Liona & Kaun, does this mean the Mogul Embassy has a future in NJPW?

2023 World Tag League, A Block: Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ Dick Togo!

To say the Reiwa Musketeers have an outside shot is an understatement. Not only must they win, but Chaos must be conquered and the War Dogs must be put down! Can the Roughneck & Son of Strong Style still create their Paradigm Shift? Or will the House of Torture ruin things for them at the finish line?

The Musketeers don’t wait, they take the fight to the House! But Evil turns that around on them quickly, and now the House mugs Shota & Narita. Yujiro drags Shota up and SMACKS him off the apron while Evil leaves Narita behind on the ramp. Yujiro puts Shota in, the bell rings, and Yujiro stomps Shota around. Yujiro throws hands, knees low, then CLUBS Shota. Yujiro runs, but Shota ELBOWS him down, then runs to basement dropkcik! Fans cheer but Evil distracts Shota. Shota goes after him, but Dick is there to blindside attack! Dick & Evil whip Shota at railing, but Shota stomps himself to come back and DOUBLE SHOTGUN!

Fans fire up with #SHOOTER and he storms back into the ring. Shota stomps Yujiro, ROCKS him with a forearm, then has him in the red corner. Shota stomps Yujiro down, stomps him some more, and then drags Yujiro up. But Yujiro pulls hair! The ref counts, Shota break sfree and kicks back. Shota facelocks, but Yujiro BITES the hand! The ref reprimands again, but Yujiro hits a REVERSE DDT! Yujiro drags Shota up, TOSSES him out, and Evil & Dick mug Shota! The fans boo but Yujiro keeps the ref distracted. Evil puts Shota back in for Yujiro to cover, ONE!! The House is upset but the fans cheer.

Yujiro drags Shota up, bumps him off buckles, then stomps low. Yujiro throws forearms, then elbows, then he brings Shota around to snapmare. Yujiro drops a leg, an elbow, and then a headbutt! Cover, TWO! The fans cheer but the House is frustrated. Evil tags in, he drags Shota up, and Evil wrenches and wrenches and wrenches again. Shota’s arm is all taped up, and then Evil whips Shota into bare buckles! The Bullet Club Special comes into play! Shota falls, Evil covers, TWO! Evil stays on Shota’s bad arm and tags in Yujiro. Yujiro CLUBS the bad arm, then stalks Shota to ropes. Yujiro wrenches the arm then wraps it on ropes.

Yujiro backs up to BOOT Shota! Shota staggers, Yujiro shoves him down for a cover, TWO! The fans rally behind Shota but Yujiro drags him up. Yujiro bumps Shota off bare buckles, tags in Evil, and Evil CLAWS Shota’s back! yujiro stands Shota up but Shota fires forearms on him and Evil! Fans fire up but Yujiro claws the eyes! The ref reprimands, but SHota fires forearms on Evil! Yujiro gets in to CLUB Shota, the ref reprimands more, but the House double whips. Shota SHOTGUNS but misses as the House moves! They drag Shota back up, to DOUBLE- NO, Shota fights the suplexes, then dodges the lariats to shove Yujiro into Evil!

Shota clinches Yujiro for an EXPLODER! Evil rushes in, kicks low and whips, but Shota reverses to DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Shota and Narita is back! Shota crawls to the corner, hot- WHAT?! Narita leaves Shota hanging?! These two are rivals and all but c’mon! Doesn’t Narita wanna finish with a win? That smirk says otherwise, and Evil FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Narita takes a seat while Evil covers, TWO!! Shota is still in this but Narita doesn’t seem to care! Evil then sends Shota into the ref! Fans boo as now Sho & Kanemaru show up! The House has a full hand as they stomp away on Shota!

Fans boo both the House, but also Narita! At least we all knew The House were snakes to begin with! Kanemaru & Sho double whip Shota into a corner, then Dick runs in to ELBOW! Sho runs in to FOREARM! Kanemaru UPPERCUTS! Snapmare and then they set Shota up, for the DICK CHOP!! Fans boo as Narita again does nothing. The ref is put back in, Evil covers, TWO!! Shota survives and fans fire up! Shota roars but Evil slashes his throat. Evil drags Shota up, spins him around, EVERY- NO, Shota fights with elbows! HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEX! The fans fire up but Yujiro runs in, PIMP-

NO, Shota fights the juice to ENZIGURI! Shota is still in this, even if he has to go it alone! Sho distracts the ref, and Dick gets in with the SPOILER CHOKER! The fans boo and Kanemaru runs in, but Shota BOOTS him! Shota ELBOWS Dick, dodges Kanemaru, then sends him into Sho! Yujiro swings, misses, shota kicks off Evil to TORNADO DDT Yujiro! Then SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF for Evil! Bridging cover, TWO!! Shota almost won this by himself and the fans are thunderous! Wait, now Narita stands back up? Shota drags Evil up, but Narita puts Shota in a SLEEPER HOLD!! The fans boo as Narita actively sabotages his own team!!

But Shota fights back up!? Narita feeeds him to EVERYTHING IS EVIL!!! Cover, The House wins!!

Winners: Evil & Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Shota & Narita earn 0)

Why, Narita, why?! Was it something Shota said? Something he did? Or do you just not want to share the spotlight with your rival? Wait, the House isn’t done with Shota?! Narita drags Shota up, and Evil hands him a chair! Narita HEADSHOTS Shota!! And he RIPS the team-up shirt to throw it away! Then he drags Shota up again?! Even El Desperado on commentary is confused! Narita hits a FACEBUSTER on Shota!! And then Evil brings Narita a House of Torture shirt?! NARITA IS HOUSE OF TORTURE?!? The fans tell the House all to go home, but Narita puts one out with the boys.

Narita has gone to the dark side, betraying not just a rival and friend but everything he stood for in Strong Style! Is this an ill omen for the future of NJPW?

2023 World Tag League, A Block: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Great-O-Khan & Henare w/ Callum Newman!

With Shota and Narita out of the running, and no longer even a team, the way is open for the Clown Prince & Stone Pitbull! But they still have to win, so can they resist the United Empire? Or will the Dominator & Face of Fury make sure to eliminate Chaos from the block?

Another surprising change of allegiance as Karawan-kun appears ringside to wave the United Empire banner. Ishii stares Henare down, both men ready to continue where their G1 Climax match left off. The teams sort out, and naturally Henare and Ishii start. The bell rings and the two RAM each other! And RAM! And RAM! They go forehead to forehead, then forearm for forearm! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth! Henare gets the edge, he ROCKS Ishii then runs, to RAM Ishii again! Ishii rebounds and he runs Henare over! Fans fire up again and Ishii finally feels those shots. Ishii brings Henare up to whip him to a corner.

Ishii runs in, Henare ELBOWS him then FLYING CHUCK! Khan storms in to stomp Ishii, then he DECKS Yano! The Empire double whip Ishii and run him over! Yano returns but Khan kicks him first. The Emipre double whip, Yano holds ropse to taunt them. Then he sends Henare into Khan, and SLAPS them both! Fans cheer but Khan & Henare scowl. Khan grabs Yano’s leg then Henare sweeps the other! Henare stomps away on Ishii! Henare rains down shots, then CHOKES Ishii! Red Shoes reprimands, Henare lets off, only to then stand on Ishii’s neck! And Khan whips Yano into railing on the outside!

Red Shoes reprimands, Henare steps off and fans rally up. Henare stands Ishii up to bump him off buckles. Ishii growls so Henare fires off forearms! Ishii eggs Henare on so Henare throws more shots! Ishii leans into the forearms and he backs Henare down! Fans fire up, but Henare HEADBUTTS over and over to back Ishii down! Henare DECKS Ishii and fans rally up. Henare drags Ishii up, snapmares and KICKS! Ishii writhes, Henare SENTONS! Cover, TWO! The fans applaud and Henare dargs Ishii up. Henare bumps Ishii off buckles and tags in Khan. Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops!

Khan IRON CLAWS Ishii into standing up, then Mongolian Chops! Khan turns Ishii around, Mongolian Chops! Then Khan hops up to sit on his throne! Fans cheer while Ishii endures. Red Shoes reprimands but Khan pulls Ishii’s arms back. Khan hops off as Red Shoes counts, and fans rally up. Khan IRON CLAWS Ishii into the suplex, but Ishii fights it! Ishii and Khan fight for suplex control, and Ishii suplexes Khan up and over! Fans fire up while both men are down! Ishii and Khan crawl, but Henare runs in to BLAST Yano! Henare swings but Ishii spins him, to a suplex high and hard! Ishii crawls, hot tag to Yano!

Yano untiles a buckle pad and fans fire up! Wait, this one’s giving Yano trouble. Yano gets it free, Khan runs in and Yano dodges. Yano thinks he outsmarted Khan but Khan stopped himself! Khan kicks and whips. Yano stops himself, then sends Khan into buckles! Roll up, TWO! Yano fires up but Khan pulls on an ear! Khan CLUBS the ear, runs, but into atomic- Mongolian Chop! Khan boots but Yano dodges to fireman’s carry takeover, roll, MU MKII! TWO!! Yano hurries to get Khan up, trips him, and CATAPULTS him into the bare buckles! Khan staggers back, Yano fires up again and fans are with him!

Yano reels Khan in but Khan fights the Onigoroshi! Khan gets around Yano to UPPERCUT from behind! Khan then SPLASHES Yano against bare buckles! Khan torture racks Yano, Argentine Backbreaker into the SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Khan crawls, hot tag to Henare! Henare BLASTS Ishii, then he goes back to Yano. The Empire puts Yano in a corner, then whip him to the bare buckles! Henare sends Khan in but Yano dodges! Then he dodges Henare, clinches, BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Fans fire up while everyone is down, and Yano crawls! Hot tag to Ishii, and fans fire up as he runs in to clothesline Henare!

Ishii whips, Henare reverses but Ishii comes back to RAM Henare! Henare swings, misses, Ishii SAIDOS! Cover, TWO! Ishii snarls and he drags Henare up. Ishii reels Henare in, but Henare throws elbows! Ishii ducks, ROCKS Henare, then whips. Henare holds ropes, BOOTS back, and then swings. Ishii bobs ‘n’ weaves, then dodges, but runs into the BERSERKER BOMB! Fans fire up and Henare snarls. Henare fires up and he watches Ishii rise. Henare then SPINNING BACK ELBOWS! Cover, Yano breaks it! Khan goes after Yano, Mongolian Chop! Khan kicks Yano out and drags Ishii up with the IRON CLAW!

Khan wraps Ishii up in HITSUJIGOROSHI, and Henare has the legs! FUBUKI, into MARINE!! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and the fans fire up! The Empire are frustrated but they drag Ishii up again. But Ishii fights the assisted bomb! Yano trips Henare, Ishii sends Khan into the atomic drop! Yano sends Khan hard into bare buckles! Henare kicks and whips but Yano reverses to send him into buckles! Yano TACKLES Henare down! Fans fire up as Yano leaves it to Ishii! Ishii and Henare rise, fans rally up, and Ishii runs. Henare swats the lariat! ROLLING ELBOW! Ishii HEADBUTTS! Henare ELBOW JABS and HEEL KICKS! Ishii LARATS!!

Fans fire up with Ishii and he runs, but Henare gets up to JUMP KNEE!! But Ishii’s right up! Ishii runs in, but into a RAMPAGE SPEAR!! Fans fire up as Henare roars and he drags Ishii back up. But Ishii fires a forearm! Henare HEADBUTTS!! Henare drags Ishii up, fisherman, STREETS OF- NO, Ishii fights free to ENZIGURI! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! Ishii goes to a corner as the fans rally behind him. Ishii fires back up, and he runs as Henare rises. LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!? Henare survives and shocks Ishii! Someone hits railing on the outside! Ishii drags Henare back up and reels him in.

Khan saves Henare from the suplex! HELL STAB! IRON- NO, Ishii blocks the claw and CLUBS Khan! Ishii runs, Khan gets around, ASSISTED POWERBOMB!! Cover, Yano breaks it!! Khan is furious with Yano, but Yano fires forearms on the Empire! Henare ELBOW JABS, Khan has Yano, but Yano dodges and sends Henare into Khan! Yano DOUBLE- NO, the Empire blocks the low blows! Henare fireman’s carries, IMPERIAL DROP!! Then the Monster Rage boils over! But Ishii runs in to DOUBLE LARIAT! The Empire stays up!? Henare spins, Ishii ducks, the back elbow hits Khan!

Ishii SWATS Henare’s lariat, HEADBUTTS him, then he blocks a boot! Khan IRON STRAIGHT! RUGBY KICK!! STREETS OF RAGE!!! Cover, The Empire wins!!

Winners: Great-O-Khan & Henare, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Yano & Ishii earn 0)

The United Empire keeps Chaos from moving on to the semifinals! But with their own losses to the top of the block, they won’t be moving on, either. Can they at least take comfort in knowing the spoiled things for Ishii & Yano? Maybe not, with how Henare TOSSES Ishii out of the ring! Will nothing be settled until the Face of Fury and Stone Pitbull go 1v1 again?

2023 World Tag League, A Block: TMDK w/ Kosei Fujita VS Gabe Kidd & Alex Coughlin!

It all comes down to this! Hysterical Shane Haste & Mad Mikey Nicholls are going to the semifinals, and after everything sorted out tonight, so are the War Dogs! But this match still determines who is first and who is second! Who goes into the next phase with momentum and who will have to regroup?

Wait, as Kidd & Coughlin make their entrance, they’re beating up on Ichiban Sweet Boy, Kosei Fujita! Where are Shane & Mikey!? The War Dogs put Fujita in the ring, Kidd wants a mic, and Coughlin hits a JACKHAMMER on Fujita! Kidd shouts at TMDK that this is THEIR block, so get out here so they can get this ish started! Fans boo but here come TMDK! They slide in and the brawl is on! Mikey with Coughlin, Shane with Kidd, and Red Shoes rings the bell so this is on record! The brawling continues, TMDK gets the edge and Mikey TOSSES Coughlin out! But Kidd claws Shane’s eyes, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS away!

Shane kicks back, TOSSES Kidd, and now the brawl is on the outside! Mikey sends Coughlin into railing, Shane sends Kidd into railing! Fans fire up as Mikey shoves Coughlin to join Kidd. Shane drags the Dogs up and Mikey climbs a corner! ARIHARA MOONSAULT wipes out the Dogs! The fans fire up and Shane mockingly barks. Mikey brings Coughlin into the crowd and the back area! But Coughlin BOWLS Mikey into chairs! Mikey gets up to throw chairs at Coughlin! Kidd THROWS Shane into chairs! Mikey and Coughlin brawl some more, and then Mikey RAMS Coughlin into the wall!

Kidd stomps Shane, Mikey throws railing onto Coughlin, but Kidd attacks Mikey! Kidd throws Mikey into the wall, then CHOKES him with a chair! Shane BOOTS Kidd down, but Coughlin stomps Shane! Shane shoves Coughlin, body shots him, and now Mikey drags Kidd up. Shane SLAMS Coughlin on a chair! Red Shoes reprimands them, this has to get back in the ring! Mikey CHOKES Kidd with railing, Shane CHOKES Coughlin with a chair! TMDK then let off to drag the Dogs in different directions. Mikey has Coughlin on the ramp, but Coughlin fights the suplex! Coughlin back drops Mikey on the ramp!

Kidd claws Shane’s eyes, brings him around, but Shane shoves him away. Kidd CLUBS Shane, the ring count finally starts, and Kidd fires hands. Mikey and Coughlin CLUB each other back and forth. Kidd puts Shane in at 12 of 20, then runs in, but Mikey is there! Scoop and TANK BUSTER!! Cover, Coughlin breaks it! Coughlin swings, Mikey gets around to fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Mikey runs to SLIDING- NO, Coughlin avoids the lariat to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Shane BOOTS Coughlin and SAIDOS! Fans fire up with Shane and fireman’s carries.

But Kidd turns gutbuster into PILEDRIVER! Cover, but Mmikey breaks it! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Mikey and Coughlin bail out while Kidd and Shane stir. Shane and Kidd go forehead to forehead, and then Kidd throws a forearm! Kidd eggs Shane on, so Shane ROCKS Kidd in return! Kidd scowls and he ROCKS Shane back! Shane wobbles but he ROCKS Kidd in return! Kidd HEADBUTTS Shane down! Kidd then drags Shane up, says A Block belongs to them! Shane fires forearms, Kidd fires back, and they brawl on their knees! Fans fire up as they stand, Kidd says he’s a MADMAN!

The forearms keep flying, Shane wobbles and Kidd ROCKS him again! Kidd snarls, but Shane ROCKS him back! Kidd rebounds to ROCK Shane! Shane rebounds to ROCK Kidd! The fans rally and Kidd CHOPS! Kidd eggs Shane on, Shane CHOPS in return! Kidd CHOPS, eggs Shane on, and Shane stands up to CHOP again! Fans rally harder as the CHOPS go back and forth! Kidd CHOPS and CHOPS but Shane grabs Kidd’s face! UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT! Then a LARIAT! Kidd stays up, runs in, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Kidd rebounds, but Shane gets under the lariat to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up and Shane rises back up. Shane runs in to LARIAT again! Then he drags Kidd up, reels him in, calls his shot but Kidd fights the bomb to BITE Shane’s head! He’s a dog for real! Kidd ROCKS Shane then SAIDOS!! Both men are down again and the fans rally back up! Kidd crawls, hot tag to Coughlin! Coughlin deadlift GUT WRENCH SUPLEXES! Coughlin paces around, deadlifts again, for another GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Coughlin paces around some more, gets Shane again, but Shane fights the gut wrench! Coughlin waistlocks, Shane fights that, but then Coughlin scoops, INVERTED POWERSLAM!

Coughlin roars and fans fire up! Coughlin drags Shane up, suplexes, but Shane knees free! ROUNDHOUSE! But Coughlin’s beefy neck alone stops it! LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Coughlin snarls, he stalks Shane and scoops again, FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans rally as Shane tumbles to a corner, and Coughlin storms up. Coughlin goes up the corner, drags Shane up to join him, and manages to deadlift Shane from that position! But Shane shoves Coughlin away to DROPKICK! Fans rally and Shane crawls, hot tag to Mikey! Mikey runs corner to corner to clothesline Coughlin! And then he CHOPS, ROCKS and repeat!

Mikey whips Coughlin back into the corner to clothesline again! And then suplex for the stall! Fans fire up as Mikey holds Coughlin for TEN, then FIFTEEN before the SLAM! Mikey runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Mikey grows frustrated but he hauls Coughlin up. Mikey whips, scoops, but Coughlin slips free to POP-UP POWERBOMB! Both men are down again and fans rally again. Coughlin tags Kidd and Kidd tells fans off. Kidd CHOPS and HEADBUTTS Mikey on repeat! Kidd staggers, rolls, and clotheslines! Feed to Coughlin’s CHOP, then they REBOUNDER GERMAN COMBO!! Cover, SHANE BREAKS IT!

Coughlin TOSSES Shane, the Dogs hoist Mikey up. DOUBLE MUSCLE BUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Mikey survives and the fans fire up again! But Kidd says they’ll end this, and he goes up top. Coughlin Electric Lifts Mikey but Mikey fights free! He shoves Coughlin into Kidd, Coughlin rushes in but Shane ROUNDHOUSES! Mikey goes up to get Kidd, but Kidd fights back! Shane runs up, Mikey gives him the boost, TOWER OF DOOM!! Cover, Coughlin breaks it! Fans fire up as Mikey CHOPS Coughlin! Shane BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Shane then calls the shot, Mikey gets Kidd up, HIGHWAY TO HELL!! Cover, TWO!!!

TMDK is shocked that Kidd is still in this! Mikey hauls Kidd up, scoops, and Shane goes up! But Coughlin has a chair! Red Shoes stops Coughlin, but Kidd shoves Mikey into Shane! Then he LOW BLOWS Mikey! The fans boo but Kidd hits Mikey with a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Mikey survives and shocks the Dogs! The fans are thunderous, Coughlin fireman’s carries Shane to TOSS him out of the ring!! Kidd reels Mikey in, Coughlin goes up, HIJACKER PILEDRIVER!!! Cover, War Dogs win!!!

Winners: Gabe Kidd & Alex Coughlin, by pinfall (gain 2 points; TMDK earns 0)

And then the Dogs beat up on Mikey to add insult to injury! Shane gets in with that chair and he runs them off!

Kidd dares Shane to do something! War Dogs won the block, they’re the champs, F U! The Dogs storm off but Shane gets the mic. He tells them, “You better win your semifinal match, because TMDK will win our semifinal match, and we wanna see you again! War Dogs… Ja matten ne…!!!” Hysterical Haste is downright enraged, will he and Mad Mikey rampage through whoever B Block sends to get their revenge?

Here are the FINAL A Block standings!

  • Bullet Club War Dogs: 5-2, 10 points [SEMIFINALIST, A1]
  • TMDK: 5-2, 10 points [SEMIFINALIST, A2]
  • The United Empire: 4-3, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 4-3, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
  • The House of Torture: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Shota Umino & Ren Narita: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • The Gates of Agony: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Kaito Kiyomiya & Ryohei Oiwa: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

A wild seventh and final round for A Block. Great win for Gates of Agony to finish strong, though the most this does for them in AEW & ROH is that their opponents can make fun of them for only going 2-5. Shota & Narita losing was shocking, but especially for the betrayal of Narita and his joining the House of Torture. The House now has six members and with Narita, they’re actually a bit more legit in actual competition. And great match from Empire VS Yano & Ishii. Great win for Empire, and it put a twist on how the main event wasn’t about eliminating a team but deciding the seeding for the next phase.

Awesome main event match from TMDK and War Dogs with it being another wild scrap, as is the way of the War Dogs. But as such, the War Dogs found a way to cheat this one out and take the top spot. With B Block’s last round tomorrow, their semifinalists will affect who I expect to make it to THE finals, but I don’t see a rematch of TMDK VS War Dogs happening because then that just buries B Block flat out.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/17/24)

EPISODE 250!

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AEW is going big for this milestone Dynamite!

Dynamite has reached its 250TH episode, and it opens with Will Ospreay VS MJF for the AEW International Championship!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF; wins and
  • AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose; wins and
  • Swerve Strickland VS Kazuchika Okada; wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (7/16/24)

Who’s the real MVP?

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Time to make an impact on NXT!

The Rascalz make their NXT in-ring debut while Duke Hudson challenges Oba Femi one on one for the North American Championship!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The Rascalz VS Gallus; The Rascalz win.
  • Je’Von Evans VS Brooks Jensen w/ Josh Briggs; Je’Von wins.
  • NXT Championship: Ethan Page VS Dante Chen; Ethan wins and retains the title.
  • Izzi Dame VS Tatum Paxley; Tatum wins.
  • Lola Vice VS Jacy Jayne w/ Jazmyn Nyx; Lola wins.
  • Mixed Six Tag: The OC VS OTM; The OC wins.
  • NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Duke Hudson w/ Chase U; Oba wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Rascalz walk ‘n’ talk.

Wes Lee says you are not imagining things. This is happening right now. Trey Miguel says the gang is back together, time to blow everyone’s minds! Zachary Wentz says let’s get it!

Gallus also walks ‘n’ talks.

Markus says The Rascalz are gonna have the shortest reunion ever! Wolfgang says he hates everyone in TNA, especially these three. Joe says yes, them and that walking meme. “Oh, they broke the internet!” Well Gallus is about to break The Rascalz! The battlelines have been drawn, which trio stands tall when it is all said and done?

Six Man Tag: The Rascalz VS Gallus!

The trios sort out and Trey starts against Mark Coffey. The bell rings, the fans rally up, and the two tie up. Mark powers Trey back, throws him away, then smirks. Trey gets up, dodges Mark, then slips through ropes to RAM into Mark and HOTSHOT the arm! Trey rolls into KICK the arm, wrench it, and then TWEAK it! Trey then reaches up to RANA! The fans fire up and Trey tags Wentz. They double whip, atomic drop and dropkick the leg! Then chancery DROPKICK! Cover, ONE!! Wentz stays on Mark, but Mark fights up to ROCK Wentz! Tag to Wolfgang and he UPPERCUTS Wentz down!

The fans boo but Wolfgang stomps away on Wentz. Wolfgang then hauls Wentz up to snap suplex! Cover, ONE!! Wolfgang drags Wentz over, tags Joe and they mug Wentz. The fans rally for the Rascalz as Joe whips Wentz. Wentz BOOTS back, goes up, and FLYING RANAS! Wenz then KNEES Joe, tags Wes, and MSK snapmare to KNEE-BOARD SENTON! The fans fire up and Wes headlocks. Joe powers up and out, Wes sunset flips over, then rolls back to SWINGING RANA! The fans fire up again while Joe staggers around, into another RANA! Cover, TWO! Joe escapes but Wes stays cool. Wes headlocks but Joe fights up.

Joe back suplexes, Wes lands out to headlock again. Joe powers up but Wes holds tight. Wolfgang tags in as Joe gets free, and Wolfgang CLOBBERS Wes! Wolfgang UPPERCUTS Wes, scoops and SLAMS him, then covers, TWO! Wes toughs it out but Wolfgang drags Wes up. Wes grabs ropes so Wolfgang HOTSHOTS him instead! Wes sputters, Wolfgang drags him up, but Wes fires body shots. Wolfgang knees low, facelocks, and Mark tags in. Gallus mugs Wes, then Joe tags in. The Coffey Brothers double wrench to DOUBLE CHOP! Tag to Wolfgang, the mugging continues, and Wolfgang warns the rest of the Rascalz.

Tag to Mark, the mugging continues but Wes ENZIGIRIS back! Wolfgang UPPERCUTS! Trey gets in, Wolfgang CHOPS him down! Trey kips up to ENZIGIRI Wolfgang! Joe runs in to CLOBBER Trey! Wentz runs in, dodges, handsprings, and JUMP KNEES! Mark POLISH HAMMERS Wentz! Wes DOUBLE KNEES Mark! The fans fire up as all six men are down! And then as Vic Joseph mentions him, HERE COMES JOE HENDRY! The fans are thunderous as you know who makes his way down to the ring. Gallus’ worst nightmare is coming true while NXT goes picture in picture.

Hendry waves to the fans while they sing his song, and he joins commentary! Mark and Wes are in the ring, and Wes fires off hands! Wes bobs ‘n’ weaves, headlocks, but Mark powers up and out. Wolfgang tags in, and he FLAPJACKS Wes! Wolfgang kicks Wes to the apron then the floor, right at Hendry’s feet! Joe runs up to stomp Wes right in front of Hendry! Hendry wants no beef with Coffey, so Coffey puts Wes in the ring. Wes fires body shots and haymakers but Joe knees low. Joe whips Wes to a corner, whips him in again, then scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Joe then goes up and up to VADER ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!

Joe is frustrated with Wes but drags him back over. Tag to Wolfgang, he fires hands on Wes, then wrenches an arm. Mark tags in. Wolfgang CHOPS Wes, then Mark FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! Cover, TWO! Wes stays tough but Mark stomps him down! Mark drags Wes up, but Wes fires body shots and forearms! Mark ROCKS Wes, whips him to the Gallus corner, then tags in Joe. The Coffey Brothers mug Wes, then Joe taunts the Rascalz. Joe runs in but Wes BOOTS him! Wes fires hands on Wolfgang and Mark, then fires hands on Joe! Joe shoves Wes back, Wes runs back up, but Joe catches him to TOSS him down!

Joe tags Wolfgang, the mugging continues, and then Gallus drops a knee on Wes’s head! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang drags Wes right over to tag Joe back in. The mugging still continues, and then Joe clamps on a REAR BEARHUG! Wes endures, fights around, and NXT returns to single picture. The fans rally for Wes, even as Joe leans on the hold. Wes fights up, throws some elbows, but Joe CLUBS him! Tag to Mark, Mark reels Wes in to whip him back to the corner. Wolfgang steps in, Mark runs in but Wes DUMPS him! Wes dodges Wolfgang, dodges Joe and UP KICKS him! Then hot tag to Wentz!

The fans fire up as Wentz dodges Joe, SUPERKICKS Wolfgang, then runs in at the corner. Joe puts Wentz on the corner, but Wentz GAMANGIRIS! Wentz goes up to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! The fans are thunderous as Wentz CHOPS joe then whips. Joe reverses but Wentz YANKS him outta the air! SNAP GERMAN, but Mark tags in! Wentz dodges to UPPERCUT! Trey tags in and he gest moving to UPPERCUT Joe! He gives Wentz the boost, RAILGUN DROPKICK for Joe! RAILGUN DROPKICK for Mark! Clinch, SCORPION KICK then LIGHTNING SPIRAL! Cover, Wolfgang breaks it!

The fans boo but Wolfgang hauls Trey up. Trey DROPKICKS Wolfgang away then tags Wes. Wes tags Wentz, and MSK give Trey a boost, for the TRIPLE DROPKICK!! The fans fire up as Gallus regroups outside! They run back in, Wes & Wentz ROCK Wolfgang & Joe while Trey DIVES onto Mark for a TORNADO DDT TO THE FLOOR! Then MSK fires off on Wolfgang and Joe! DOUBLE STOMP on Joe, DOUBLE STOMP on Wolfgang! Gallus regroups outside again, and Wentz PENALTY KICKS Mark! The fans are thunderous as Wes helps Wentz with the LATERAL MOONSAULT! The fans fire up again as Wes now takes aim!

Wes builds speed and he FLIES onto all of Gallus! The fans are thunderous, Hendry applauds and even Booker T is being won over. The Rascalz get Mark in, hoist him up and tuck him in, DOUBLE CHEEKY NANDOS! Tag to Wes, and now it’s a double torture rack! DOUBLE STOMP BURNING HAMMER!! Cover, The Rascalz win!

Winners: The Rascalz, by pinfall

The fans are thunderous as this #NXTNA crossover takes the win! But will NXT & TNA soon belong to The RSCL?

 

Backstage interview with Chase U.

Kelly Kincaid is with Andre Chase, Riley Osborn, Thea Hail & Ridge Holland, but she also brings up that Roxanne Perez will be speaking later tonight. Thea asks if Kelly really just mentioned Roxie. She did. Thea has to go! Whoa, wait, what? Thea takes off, Ridge hurries after and Chase says it’ll be up to Ridge to keep an eye on her. But that means Chase & Riley take the interview. Kelly says this is a big night for Chase U as Duke Hudson will challenge Oba Femi for the North American Championship. Chase says when Duke is on his A Game, very few superstars in the WWE can stop him. And Duke understands opportunities don’t always come around, so he has to cash in tonight.

Chase says tonight, the MVP of Chase U shows up, shows out, and becomes the NEW NXT North American Champion. Riley says he was worried before, but he knows Duke’s been proving the haters wrong. Duke is going to beta the unbeatable, do the unthinkable, and bring home that title to Chase U! Kelly thanks them for their time, and says Oba VS Duke is our massive main event tonight. Will Duke put it all on the line to take home the gold? Or will no one ever dethrone The Ruler?

 

Ethan Page talks with Ava Raine in her office.

All Ego says he sure did enjoy last week, because now we are officially one week into the Era of Ego. And he has some very valid complaints! Their champion feels this is an unsafe work environment, and wants to know what Ava is doing- OH NO here comes Oro Mensah! Ava keeps Oro from getting his hands on Ethan, and she tells him to stop! They are not doing this in her office. This is what Ethan is talking about! How is he to defend the championship with dignity and honor when he has to deal with this!? Oro tells Ethan to shut his mouth and defend it against Oro tonight! Oh, yes, let’s reward terrible behavior!

Ethan tells Oro’s little fantasy of getting a shot at this title will NEVER happen. And Oro has no chance in Hell of EVER pinning Ethan 1-2-3! Ava tells them both to stop. Oro is not in the title picture now because he just keeps attacking Ethan. Oro says fine, fine. The longer Ethan runs away, the worse it will get for him. Ava says okay, hold on. If Ethan wants to defend his title so bad, then he’ll defend it tonight. O-Okay. Great idea! And it’ll be against someone with honor and dignity, aka NOT ORO. It’ll be… Uh… DANTE CHEN! Ava likes that idea. Oro says he hopes Dante kicks Ethan’s ass then.

Ava has Oro move on, but perhaps Ethan just stepped in it. Is he taking the Singapore Warrior too lightly? Or can All Ego put his money where his mouth is instead of his foot?

 

The Great American Bash returns!

Not only that, but it will be a TWO WEEK SPECIAL EVENT, on the SyFy Network! Tuesday, July 30th and Tuesday, August 6th, tune in for NXT’s biggest Summer tradition.

 

Roxanne Perez is here!

The fans are torn as The Prodigy struts her way out, NXT Women’s Championship on her shoulder. She steps into the ring, grabs a mic, and asks, “So what’s it gonna take for everyone to start treating me like the champion I am? Last Sunday, I defeated the biggest badass NXT has, retained my title, added another name to the resume, and you’d think that because of that, I’d be receiving my flowers. I mean, the WWE Universe is literally witnessing greatness before their eyes, and what do they do? They give Lola Vice, the LOSER of the match, a standing ovation. Hello? It should’ve been me!

“You guys don’t deserve to watch a once in a lifetime performer like me. You really don’t. At 22 years old, I am just so damn good. And I haven’t even hit my prime yet. How untouchable am I gonna be in five years? Because I’m not competing against anyone inside that locker room, I’m competing with the history books. And uh, speaking of history, because I sure know mine… 13 years ago tomorrow, charlotte Flair had her very first NXT TV match. And 13 years later, she’s a 14-TIME World Champion, The Queen, a future Hall of Famer. But guess what? I’m on pace to shatter all of her records!

“Bayley’s, Asuka’s, Rhea’s… But uh, y’know what really, really pisses me off? It’s the fact that all the talk online is, ‘When Giulia comes to NXT, Roxanne is in trouble~! When Stephanie Vaquer comes, she’s gonna run through the NXT Women’s Division! Well y’know what? Why don’t you go ahead and roll out the red carpet for them. Matter of fact, roll out the red carpet for any talent around the world, because when they step inside the ring with me, no one compares to The Prodigy. Which is why I find it quite laughable that Thea Hail is my next opponent. I mean, c’mon, she has a good of a chance at beating me as Duke Hudson has of beating Oba Femi.”

But here comes Thea! Thea tells Roxie that seriously, no no no. Roxie’s problem is that she comes here, acts like people owe her respect, but in reality, nobody owes her anything. And honestly, Roxie barely escaped Heatwave with that title. And while their paths have never really crossed, Thea honestly used to look up to Roxie. She and Roxie seemed so alike. The fact that Roxie even comes out here and says it is laughable, Roxie should know what it is to be underestimated, to have people doubt you! So go ahead, Roxie. Doubt Thea. Thea has broken doubters’ noses! She has fractured doubters’ arms! She has defeated the doubters that she was never supposed to beat.

So at Great American Bash, let’s open that history book Roxie wants to rewrite, and then hand Thea the pen so that Thea can write, “Thea Hail: One of the Youngest NXT Women’s Champions!” The fans fire up but Roxie is amused. Aw, Thea, how brave coming out here without the chaperones. But Roxie isn’t underestimating Thea. She just knows that as long as Roxie has the title, it won’t be Thea’s time, or anyone else’s time. So here is some free advice: Thea is not ready. Coming from someone that knows, Roxie knows what it is to lose out on this title. How it can make you spiral, lose control. Let’s not forget when Mr. Chase threw in the towel…

Thea is getting worked up as Roxie says the title is for “big girls,” not children. Thea can say she’s “a grown ass woman,” but she’s really just a little girl. That sets Thea off, but Roxie is ready! Roxie kicks low, fires off hands, but so does Thea! Roxie wrangles Thea into a CROSSFACE! Thea rolls through to get the KIMURA! The fans fire up as Roxie pops free to crossface, but Thea rolls to KIMURA!! Roxie flails, but Ridge gets in to stop Thea. Roxie runs away, title in hand. The fans fire up for Thea, will she prove The Prodigy isn’t a prodigy anymore?

 

Backstage interview with Kelani Jordan.

Kelly Kincaid says the inaugural North American Women’s Champion is still North American Women’s Champion after an incredible match with Sol Ruca at Heatwave. Kelani says Sol is amazing, she had to pull out some crazy moves to win. But when one challenge ends, another begins. Kelani did just hear names like Giulia and Stephanie Vaquer, so this women’s division is only getting stronger. And as a champion, Kelani will keep upping her game. Wait, what’s Kelly looking at? Kelani turns around and there’s Wendy! And she’s holding onto the beheaded Barbie doll Tatum Paxley left behind last week…

Wendy eyes the title, then moves on. That was weird… But it was a clear message, too. Will Wendy put Kelani’s reign to bed and start a reign of terror?

 

Backstage interview with Lola Vice.

Kelly now talks with the Mayor of Vice City on how she fell short of the NXT Women’s Championship. But she also proved that she belongs in the title scene. Lola says she left it all in the ring. She fought through the pain, nearly broke her hand, and still Roxie could not tap her out. She took FIVE Pop Rox, but next time, it won’t be enough. Fallon Henley walks in with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx and says this is exactly what they’ve been talking about! New girl had her title shot, and lost. Jacy has an idea: Lola should just go back to MMA, since she made a bigger name while being here.

Jacy says American Top Team would probably welcome her back with open arms! And NXT will sure miss her~. Because clearly, rookie- Oh, keep saying that, but what about Jazmyn? Lola ain’t going anywhere. Jacy says Jazmyn’s different. She is with them. The exception to the rule and all. But hey, if Lola’s a fighter, then she should go and fight. Lola says yeah, that’s true. She is a fighter, and she’s looking at her next opponent. Jacy gets a little worried, but will the Latina Heat burn down all of this toxic element?

 

Je’Von Evans VS Brooks Jensen w/ Josh Briggs!

The Young OG was supposed to be in last week’s main event match alongside Trick Williams, but the rather unstable and unpredictable second generation superstar “made an impact” but taking him out! Will Je’Von return the favor by bouncing Brooks right out of NXT? Or will Jensen just finish the job he started?

NXT returns and Jensen makes his entrance. Jensen tells Briggs he doesn’t need Briggs out here. Briggs counters by bringing up how he stuck his neck out for Jensen, he is responsible for him now. Jensen goes to the ring, and Je’Von wants to get right in his face. The ref keeps them back, the bell rings, and Je’Von runs in! Jensen picks him up to RAM him into the corner! Jensen RAMS into Je’Von, whips corner to corner, but Je’Von goes up and over. Je’Von fires haymakers, runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges then RANAS Jensen into ropes !Jensen rebounds into a DROPKICK! Jensen bails out, Je’Von storms over, but Jensen trips him up.

Jensen drags Je’Von out but Je’Von ROCKS him first! And again! And again! The fans fire up, Jensen shoves Je’Von back. Je’Von runs back in, but Jensen pops him up to FLAPJACK him on barriers! Those bad ribs bother Je’Von, but he still ELBOWS Jensen away. And SUPERKICKS him down! The fans fire up and Je’Von snarls. Je’Von then goes up and up to QUEBRADA! Down goes Jensen and the fans fire up! Je’Von puts Jensen in, runs to rebound and SPIN KICK! Cover, TWO!! Jensen survives but Je’Von keeps cool. Je’Von goes corner to corner, but Jensen dodges the splash! those ribs suffer more damage, but Je’Von still CHOPS!

Jensen LARIATS Je’Von down! Jensen rains down fists, drags Je’Von out, and GOURD BUSTER on the desk! Je’Von sputters, Jensen mockingly says this boy is bouncy. Then Jensen goes to the apron, to FLYING LEG DROP to the desk!! Jensen mocks Je’Von while Je’Von struggles to breathe, and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and the two are throwing hands against ropes. Je’Von whips, Jensen reverses and kitchen sink KNEES! Je’Von sputters but Jensen shakes off those shots. Jensen then digs a knee into Je’Von’s back and pulls him with a chinlock. Je’Von endures, the fans rally up, and Je’Von fights up! Je’Von throws body shots, but Jensen gut wrenches to THROW Je’Von! Je’Von flounders to a corner, Jensen runs in, but Je’Von dodges now! Jensen ELBOWS Je’Von, goes up, but Je’Von goes up to get him! SUPER STEINER! The fans fire up as Je’Von huffs ‘n’ puffs and rises up. Jensen runs back in, Je’Von dodges and LEAPING LARIATS!

Je’Von rallies with elbows, then whips, but Jensen reverses. Jensen runs in, blocks a boot, but Je’Von traps Jensen’s foot! Je’Von ROCKS, CHOPS, and then SMACKS Jensen off buckles. SPIN KICK, and then Je’Von goes to the apron. Springboard and CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jensen is showing toughness but Je’Von stays focused. Je’Von springboards, but into a Gory Especial! Je’Von flips up and over but into a GOTCH NEUTRALIZER! Cover, TWO!! And now Shawn Spears makes his way out here? We know he doesn’t like Je’Von much but why is he out here? Briggs steps in Spears’ way, but Jensen hurries out to tell Briggs not to waste his time on Spears.

Briggs stands down, but Je’Von FLIES onto Jensen! The fans fire up again and Je’Von puts Jensen in. Je’Von goes up and up and SUPER O G CUTTER~! Cover, Je’Von wins!

Winner: Je’Von Evans, by pinfall

And that is payback served! The Young OG shows he can grit it out and come away with the win, but will- OH NO, Jensen attacks Je’Von! Jensen’s a sore loser! Briggs runs in there to stop Jensen and asks what the hell! Jensen continues to cross the line, is his second chance about to be his last chance?

 

The D’Angelo Family is playing cards backstage.

Then someone says, “Psst!” We look over to see it’s Charlie Dempsey. The Family is confused, but Tony tells Stacks not to look at his cards. Stacks asks who Tony thinks he is, but Rizzo does keep an eye on Stacks. Tony walks over to Dempsey and asks what this is about. You don’t “Psst” at The Don. Dempsey says forget about that. But the uh, you know what, right? Oh yeah, the D’Angelo Trunk Tactic, yeah. Myles was telling him. Myles did what? Oh yeah, he won’t shut up about it. Joking! Tony’s just busting Dempsey’s balls. The Don knows everything that goes on around here. But hey, to be honest, Tony didn’t think Dempsey had it in him, so he’s impressed.

Dempsey won’t be sweet talked, he’s still coming for the Heritage Cup. Does the sun rise in the morning? Of course Dempsey is, Tony knows. But what’s this breaking news Dempsey has? Well, Dempsey found himself in a bit of a situation and needs some advice. What kind of situation? Hypothetically speaking, let’s say a witness saw him. Then take him “for a swim.” Hypothetically, let’s say it wasn’t a him but a her. Oh… Well, Dempsey is going to take care of this on his own. But doesn’t Tony take care of things? Not this one. Dempsey’s still stuck, what is he to do about Wren Sinclair?

 

Backstage interview with Dante Chen.

Sarah Schreiber asks the Singapore Warrior about his NXT Championship opportunity. Dante is extremely surprised. But this is exactly why he gets up early in the morning to train like an animal, why he goes for runs during the day when it’s 100+ degrees, and why he studies film every night. And he’s no fool, Ethan Page thinks Dante is an easy first defense. Dante has learned that when you get your moment, you gotta make the most of it. Dante heads out, will he be able to take advantage of All Ego’s arrogance?

 

Trick Williams vents backstage.

He worked so damn hard for the NXT Championship, and while a title doesn’t define a man, looking at himself without it, he doesn’t recognize himself. He has to get back to being himself and doing his own thing. On the phone is Ilja Dragunov! And the Mad Dragon tells Trick this is simply a journey of redemption. When Ilja lost that title, is world changed. He got drafted, so his new goals became based on his new surroundings. He seeks to conquer new worlds, but the question for Trick is… What does Trick want? He wants that title back! But Ethan won’t just give him a rematch.

Ilja wishes he could help Trick more, but these are two very different situations. Just hang in there, Trick. Trick ends the call, and he spots Pete Dunne watching him. Trick asks Dunne from some advice, but Dunne just tells him, “Figure it out.” The Bruiserweight leaves Trick confused, but will Trick figure out how to earn his shot at the top title?

 

NXT Championship: Ethan Page VS Dante Chen!

Speaking of the top title, the threat of Oro coming for him rattled All Ego into just spitting out a name. Now the Singapore Warrior has his own shot at this championship, and his whole world could change, too! Will Dante make this a one and done to reach the top? Or will Ethan be able to back up all the talk and hold onto the gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is really ready for this moment!

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally hard for Dante but Ethan headlocks. Dante powers up and out but Ethan runs him over! Ethan taunts Dante, saying this is his chance. Dante stands up, they tie up, and Ethan powers Dante to a corner. The ref counts, Ethan lets off with a pat on the head, but that just upsets Dante. Ethan grins at the cameras, but Dante rolls him up! TWO!! Ethan is mad now, but Dante dodges him to ROCK and CHOP and repeat! Dante whips but Ethan blocks. Ethan ROCKS Dante, headlocks, but Dante powers up and out. Dante hurdles, drops, and ELBOWS Ethan, to then UPPERCUT and CHOP!

Dante sits Ethan up to SUPERKICK him down! Cover, TWO! Ethan survives but Dante stays cool. Dante gets moving, but Ethan TOSSES him up and out! Dante staggers up but Ethan FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! Down goes Dante but Ethan puts him in fast. Ethan rains down fists while the fans boo. Ethan lets off, storms around, then stands Dante up. Ethan whips Dante, ELBOWS him down, then scoops him to POWERSLAM him! Cover, TWO! Dante stays in this but Ethan wants a better count. Ethan scuffs Dante, talks trash on him, then pie faces him! Dante fires body shots and jabs in return!

Dante CHOPS, ROCKS, and repeat! Ethan knees low, scoops, but Dante slips free! Dante ENZIGIRIS Ethan and the fans fire up! Dante runs in, Ethan puts him on the apron, but Dante RAMS in! Slingshot sunset flip! TWO! Ethan escapes, swings, but Dante counter punches! Dante fires CHOPS and palm strikes! Dante UPPERCUTS, whips, and LARIATS! Dante rallies with more shots, then an atomic drop! Dante runs but Ethan dodges the boot! Ethan kicks low, reels Dante in, but Dante cradle counters! TWO!! Ethan escapes again, but Dante gets around to backslide! TWO! Ethan staggers up into a BOOT!

The fans fire up as Ethan falls! Dante grits his teeth, vows to end this, and he takes aim. Dante DOUBLE CHOPS Ethan down! Cover, TWO!! Dante grows frustrated but he hurries to a corner. Dante goes out to the apron, springboards back in, but Ethan dodges! Dante staggers up, and Ethan BOOTS him down! Ethan is mad, and he drags Dante up. Canadian Rack, for the EGO’S EDGE! Cover, Ethan wins!

Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

All Ego sarcastically shakes Dante’s hand, but then ORO RUNS IN! The fans fire up as Main Man Mensah gets shots in, but then Ethan kicks low and DDTS! Ethan taunts Oro with the title. “Not on your best day, Oro!” The fans boo but Ethan just grins and leaves Oro behind. Only for Oro to pursue! The brawl goes up the ramp, then back to ringside! Oro puts Ethan in and LARIATS him down! And again! Then he SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Ethan blocks a kick, but not the ROLLING KICK! The fans are thunderous as Oro MURAMASAS Ethan in a corner! Oro covers, and he counts it! That’s three right there! Did Oro just prove he is worthy of the gold?

 

Duke Hudson speaks.

“What started as a gambler… grew into the MVP. Tonight, I become the NXT North American Champion.” Duke promises the biggest Andre Chase University style ass whooping, but will he be able to dethrone the Ruler? Or will he go broke trying?

 

NXT has BIG events coming!

Sunday, September 1st, the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado will host No Mercy 2024! And then on Sunday, October 27th, Hershey, Pennsylvania’s Giant Center hosts Halloween Havoc 2024! Get your tickets starting July 24th, and be ready for big nights in NXT history!

 

Gallus regroups backstage.

Mark says any other night, they would’ve battered those three. Wolfgang says yeah, the “shiny new toys” had their 15 minutes of fame, so now they can go back to TNA. And Joe asks the boys if they saw “that clown” looking at him? If Joe hears the name “Joe Hendry” one more time- Wait. The music plays, and clap clap, Hendry steps in! Don’t be mad at him, Coffey just said his name. Wolfgang doesn’t care, just go back to Scotland. Hendry says he understands, he’d be just as mad, too. They’ve been working for years, and then someone just strolled in to become the most talked about star in all of NXT. But the reality is, Hendry’s sticking around, he likes it here.

Coffey says the thing is, Joe Hendry, no one here actually likes him! Oh, really? Yeah! Cuz when they think of Scotland, they think of Gallus. They think of Drew McIntyre! They do NOT think of some flash in the pan. Well maybe they’d feel just a little bit better if they believed in The Answer to All Life’s Problems, Joe Hendry. Hendry leaves, and Joe Coffey swears, if he sees that guy one more time…! But will Gallus ever learn to accept Joe Hendry?

 

Izzi Dame VS Tatum Paxley!

The “It Girl,” the volleyball ace, has gotten the attention of a rather twisted individual. But will Izzi show Tatum that obsession is bad for your health? Or will Tatum break the mean girl mentally and physically?

Speaking of, Tatum creeps Izzi out by crawling right under her! Izzi asks what the hecc! Izzi stomps, Tatum dodges, the bell rings and Tatm RAN- NO! Izzi stops the rana to go for ropes. But Tatum uses that to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Tatum then BOPS Izzi, Izzi staggers away, and Tatum goes up to springboard MISSILE DROPKICK! The fans fire up as Tatum watches Izzi flounder around. Tatum then runs in to BODY CHECK from behind! Then Tatum schoolgirl KICKS Izzi down! Cover, TWO! Izzi staggers up, Tatum runs in and leaps, but into Izzi’s arms! Izzi runs to BACKBREAKER!

Izzi hauls Tatum back up to SLAM her down! Tatum flounders now, and Izzi storms up to stomp away! The ref counts as Tatum is on the ropes. Izzi lets off to drag Tatum back and drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Izzi smirks and she pushes Tatum around. Izzi says Tatum wanted this fight, so she’s got it. But then Tatum fires body shots! Izzi scoops again, but Tatum slips free! Tatum whips, Izzi blocks! Tatum’s back bothers her but Izzi whips her to a corner. Then Izzi whips corner to corner! Izzi runs, slides, and trips Tatum! Izzi pulls Tatum back against the post! Tatum endures being bent, the ref counts, and Izzi lets off.

The fans boo but Izzi storms back in. Izzi scoops Tatum for another BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Izzi is frustrated but she reels Tatum in. Canadian Rack, and a backbreaker torture rack! Tatum endures, but Wendy is waling out here? Tatum flails, kicks off ropes, and flips free! Izzi runs up but Tatum dodges to then block a kick! Tatum grins, then DRAGON SCREWS! And CHOP BLOCKS! Tatum BOOTS Izzi, ENZIGIRIS her, then KNEE SMASHES! ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Izzi survives but Tatum hauls her up. Tatum pump handles, Izzi fights free and HOOK KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, and Wendy is watching like a hawk.

Izzi drags Tatum up, Canadian Racks again, but Tatum slips free. Tatum hobbles to a corner, Izzi runs in, but Tatum dodges! Izzi POSTS herself, then Tatum hooks her up! PSYCHO TRAP! Cover, Tatum wins!

Winner: Tatum Paxley, by pinfall

As Izzi says, it is what it is, and Tatum twists her around for her own victory! Tatum then spots Wendy. Tatum has the doll’s head, Wendy has the body, will these two unite as one to take over NXT?

 

Thea and Ridge regroup backstage.

Thea asks why Ridge stopped her! She was gonna rip Roxie’s arm off! Ridge says then that means there’s no title shot. Oh, smart! The rest of Chase U walks over and Duke asks what’s up with them. It’s only the biggest night of Duke’s career is all, and they’re going on about nonsense. Kidding! Hah. But yeah, he is being serious. They all say he’s got this, and Duke thanks Ridge for this match. Ridge says it’s all good, just bring the belt back to Chase U. Duke says Oba is incredible, but he is still a man. And a man can be beaten. Chase says F yeah he can! Hands in! On three! One, two, three, Chase U~!!

 

Cedric Alexander and Ashante THEE Adonis walk ‘n’ talk backstage.

PRIMED Alexander says the talent pool here in NXT is loaded with opportunities! But Ashante seems to see something else with potential. Cedric tells Ashante to focus. They can finally show the world what they’re all about. But then Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson walk by, and Ashante’s gone. He says, “Excuse me.” Lash says no thanks, bye. Ashante says pause, rewinds, this ain’t Chase U. This is “Chase Him.” Plus, he was here to talk with Jakara anyway. Oh, okay~! But then Oro Mensah walks in and asks what this is about. Oro will not let this happen like Lash and Trick. Ashante can just moonwalk on out of here.

Ashante tells Oro that take it down a notch. And secondly, he is sure Miss Jackson doesn’t mind getting to know THEE Hottest New Attraction. Ashante offers a hand, Jakara reaches out, but Oro says no touchy touchy. Cedric has everyone calm down, and Lash says they don’t need this. Meta Four moves on and Cedric says Ashante’s gonna get himself in trouble again. Yeah but Cedrick knows Ashante loves trouble. Is a new summer romance about to start up in NXT?

 

Lola Vice VS Jacy Jayne w/ Jazmyn Nyx!

The Mayor of Miami Vice put the Toxic Phantom of the Opera on notice, and now she looks to put more body parts in braces! Will Lola take out her anger on the arrogant “veteran” superstar? Or will things only get worse for her after being burned at Heatwave?

NXT returns as Jacy makes her entrance, “The Exception” by her side. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Jacy waistlocks but Lola headlocks. Jacy wrenches to headlock, Lola powers up and out but Jacy runs her over. Jacy mocks Lola’s Latina Heat then says shove it. Lola blocks a kick, gets around, and SLAMS Jacy down. Lola says this is how you do it! The fans fire up for that, but Jacy runs up. Lola body shots, kicks, and SPIN KICKS! Jacy ducks a roundhouse, rolls Lola and SUPERKICKS! Lola flounders, Jacy grabs the bad hand and STOMPS it! The fans rally up but Jacy KICKS the bad arm.

Jacy wrenches that arm, WRINGS it out, then drags Lola around again. Jacy SLAMS the bad hand on the mat, then clamps on again. Jacy SLAMS the hand, grabs at it again, then steps over for a DISARM-HER! Jacy bends the fingers, but Lola endures and fights up. Jacy wristlocks and swings, but Lola dodges to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! Then she fires LIGHTNING KICKS! The fans fire up with Lola and she AX KICKS Jacy! Jacy crawls to a corner, Lola says “I’m a Latina~!” And then HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Jacy survives but Lola facelocks. Jacy fights up, JAWBREAKERS, and then BOOTS Lola down!

Jacy runs, but Lola dodges the discus to URAKEN!! Cover, Lola wins!

Winner: Lola Vice, by pinfall

That was a knockout to be sure, but then Fallon Henley CLOBBERS Lola from behind! The Toxic Cowgirl has Jazmyn get in and they mug Lola. But Lola fights back! BODY SHOT for Fallon, but Jacy DECKS Lola! But here come Karmen Petrovic and Sol Ruca! Sol DOUBLE LARIATS Fallon & Jazmyn! Sol then dodges Jacy for Karmen to ROUNDHOUSE! Lola SUPERKICKS Fallon, Karmen LARIATS Jazmyn! Then SUPERKICKS send them all tumbling! Jacy returns, but gets DOUBLE SUPERKICKS and a ROUNDHOUSE! The toxic trio just found these “rookies” aren’t pushovers. Will Fallon, Jacy & Jazmyn soon be humbled by this new wave of talent?

 

Tatum plays around backstage.

Kelani says hi, and that it looks like she found the rest of Wendy’s doll. Wendy was looking for the rest of it earlier so good for Tatum. Tatum says it was her doll. Does Kelani wanna play? Aw, that’s sweet. But aren’t they a little old to be playing with dolls? Kelani leaves, and Tatum brings out a Barbie that looks a bit like Kelani… Has Paxley found a new, unwitting “playmate?”

 

NXT Media catches up with Ethan Page.

The reporter asks if he is upset with how tonight played out. First off, that is “Your NXT Champion,” Ethan Page. And upset? About what? He defended his title tonight, but then “Maniac Mensah” tried to ruin it, much like NXT Media just did so thank you for that. Ethan wants to leave but the reporter asks about Oro’s “pin” on him. STOP. Oro did not pin Ethan, that does not count. Ethan is still NXT Champion, and for the record… None of this bothers him. It wasn’t a pin! While Ethan’s ego grows, his temper seems to be getting shorter. Will he have no choice but to give Oro the shot he wants?

 

Mixed Six Tag: The OC VS OTM!

These trios have gone back and forth, but nothing has been settled! Will Michin & The Good Brothers prove that they are Just Too Sweet? Or will Bronco Nima, Lucien Price & Jaida Parker prove they’re the ones who run these streets?

NXT returns and The OC make their entrance. The trios start talking trash and pushing each other, and then the brawl is on! The fans fire up, the ref wants order, but while Nima and Price DECK Gallows & Anderson, Mia fires off on Miss Parker! And then the Good Brothers drag Nima & Price out! The bell rings, Mia CHOPS and ROCKS and RAMS into Jaida again and again! Mia whips corner to corner, runs corner to corner, but Jaida dodges the boot! Mia stomps her, puts her back in the corner, and she goes again. Jaida dodges again and Mia POSTS herself! Jaida puts Mia in the ropes, then CHOPS her!

Jaida gets space, runs up, and DROPS IT LIKE IT’S HOT! The fans are torn but Jaida talks trash on Gallows & Anderson. Jaida runs, but Mia avoids the leg drop! Mia taunts Nima & Prince, but Jaida picks her up! SPINEBUSTER, and then high stack, TWO! Mia is still in this but Jaida is still talking smack. But then Mia GERMAN SUPLEXES Jaida! And SHOTGUNS her down! Jaida hurries to tag Price, so in steps Big LG! Gallows kicks Price, fires hands, then UPPERCUTS! Gallows runs to BOOT! Price wobbles, Gallows runs, but into an URENAGE! Price roars, but Anderson runs in!

Price BOOTS Anderson, runs up, and he LARIATS Anderson right up and out! Mia checks on Machine Gun but Price runs in to LARIAT Gallows! Price brings Gallows over, tags in Nima, and Nima fires hands on Gallows. Gallows kicks back, UPPERCUTS, but Nima body shots. Nima HEADBUTTS Gallows, CHOKES him on ropes, but the ref counts. Nima lets off to run and STRADDLE ATTACK! Nima talks smack, throws down forearms, then tags Price. Price & Nima mug Gallows, then Price has Gallows in a corner. Gallows kicks again, and throws hands, only for Price to RAM him into the corner! Price RAMS in again and again, then TOSSES Gallows!

The fans rally as Nima tags in. OTM mugs Gallows, and Nima CLUBS Gallows down. Cover, TWO! Nima clamps on with a neck wrench and he grinds Gallows down. The fans rally, Gallows fights up, and Gallows throws body shots. Nima CLUBS Gallows again! Then Nima ELBOWS Anderson down! But Gallows fireman’s carries! FLAPJACK! Both men are down, hot tag to Mia! Jaida runs in but Mia rallies on her! YAKUZA KICK, then DROPKCIK! Clinch and EXPLODER! Jaida flounders up, Mia fires palm strikes and kicks! SOBAT and PELE! Jaida falls, Mia covers, TWO! Mia grows frustrated, but Jaida GERMAN SUPLEXES her!

The fans fire up while both ladies are down. Jaida crawls, hot tag to Nima! Anderson jumps in and he dodges Nima to CHOP! And CHOP! And then dodges again, to mule kick! UPPERCUT! Nima goes to a corner, Anderson runs up, but Nima catches him first! Nima TOSSES Anderson to the corner, but Anderson BOOTS back! Anderson goes up, FLYING NECKBREAKER! Tag to Gallows and the Good Brothers get Nima up! BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, Price breaks it! Anderson gives Price a SPINEBUSTER for it! But the TEARDROP HIP ATTACK takes Anderson out! Michin TOSSES Jaida!

Mia then gets Nima and wrenches him, EAT DA FEET! Then Mia DIVES onto Jaida! Gallows and Nima rise up, BUZZSAW for Nima! Tag back to Anderson, and the Good Brothers hit the MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, The OC wins!

Winners: The OC, by pinfall

OTM put up quite the fight, but they couldn’t stop the OC once they got rolling! Will Mia, Gallows & Anderson all head for some big opportunities in the near future?

 

Charlie Dempsey regroups with the No Quarter Catch Crew.

Tavion Heights asks if Charlie is okay. With everything going on, is he able to- Wren walks in! It spooks them and she says yeah, about “that.” She wants in on the crew. What? No no no, that’s not happening. Oh, well, okay then. She’ll just go tell everyone what she saw. Oh like they’re gonna believe her. Maybe, but what would Charlie’s dad say if she told him. Charlie says it doesn’t matter, she isn’t joining the NQCC. Oh c’mon, she isn’t the only one who saw. Wait, really? Who else did? They all lean in, and she says she was just kidding. Not funny! And then Wren starts trying to grapple with Myles?

Dempsey says this isn’t funny. He CHOPS Myles and Myles says she started it. Wren says one way or another, she’ll wrestle her way into that cold little heart of Dempsey’s, and get in the group. Wren leaves, leaving NQCC rather perplexed. Should they just take Wren up on her offer and squash the whole beef? Or will Dempsey find a way around this bit o’ blackmail?

 

Eddy Thorpe holds another concert.

The music is pumping, the people are jumping, but Lexis King has to ruin the fun! They get to fighting, security rushes in, and the Drama King warns The Alpha Wolf he’s going to pay! But will Lexis really rock Eddy’s world? Or will Eddy drop Lexis like he drops the beat?

 

NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Duke Hudson w/ Chase U!

The Ruler has dominated ever since coming to NXT, and even the Chase U MVP admitted he’s incredibly powerful. But Duke also said that Oba is only a man, and any man can be beat. Then will Duke be the man to beat that man? Or will no man end Oba’s reign?

NXT returns and Oba makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and in a battle of big meaty men, we will see who is the biggest and the baddest!

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally and duel as the two tie up, and they go around in a deadlock. Oba pushes Duke to a corner but Duke gets away. They tie up again, go around, and Duke headlocks. Oba powers up and out, and they RAM shoulders! The fans fire up as Oba eggs Duke on. Duke runs to RAM Oba, and then runs again. Oba ELBOWS Duke first! Oba headlocks, Duke pries at the hold, and Duke wrenches out to headlock back! Oba powers up and throws body shots! Oba then UPPERCUTS Duke, whips him, and he runs Duke over! The fans fire up while Chase U coaches their MVP.

Duke stands in a corner while Oba grins. The fans duel, Duke takes the headband and shirt off so he can really let loose! Oba runs in, Duke dodges and then RANAS! Duke ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Oba! The fans fire up with Duke as he kicks and DDTS! Oba stagger sup, Duke runs in to LARIAT Oba up and out! The fans fire up, as does Thea, and Duke stands tall while NXT goes picture in picture.

Oba snarls but he’s also a bit amused. Oba gets up on the apron and steps back inside. The two circle, feel out a knuckle lock, and go shoulder to shoulder in a Test of Strength. Both men stand their ground, but Oba powers Duke to his knees! Duke fights up, and he powers Oba back! But Oba knees low! Oba then CHOKES Duke on ropes! The ref counts, Oba lets off at 4, and Chase U coaches Duke. Oba RAMS Duke into the corner! And again! And again! The ref counts, Oba lets off to bring Duke around, and he goes to suplex. Duke blocks that, being as equally big. Duke RAMS Oba into the corner now!

Duke RAMS Oba more, lets off as the ref counts, and then he ROCKS Oba with a right! Duke whips, Oba reverses and Duke hits buckles chest first and hard! Duke falls back, the ref checks him, and Duke is okay to continue. Oba throws down hands, but Duke reaches up. Oba knocks him back down, KICKS him in the side, then has him in a corner. Oba drags Duke to center for a BIG elbow drop! Oba then clamps on a chinlock and grinds Duke down. The fans rally with Chase U as NXT returns to single picture. Oba leans on the hold but Duke fights up again! Duke pries the hold open as he rises to his feet, but Oba CLUBS him on the back!

Oba KICKS Duke in the side, CLUBS him more, then fires more knees. Oba CLUBS away in the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and then whips Duke right back in. Duke drops to his knees, and Oba stomps away! Oba whips Duke into the corner, scoops, and SIDEWALK SLAMS! Cover, TWO! Chase U rallies as hard as they can but Oba clamps on with another chinlock. Duke fights to his feet again, throws some body shots, then JAWBREAKERS free! Oba staggers, Duke whips him, but Oba reverse and clinches, URENAGE BACKBREAKER! Oba snarls, drags Duke up and BACKBREAKERS again! Cover, TWO!!

Duke shows that MVP toughness but Oba stays on him. Duke rises, Oba scoops, and Oba hits SNAKE EYES off the corner! Oba then reels Duke in, BACK- CROSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Oba escapes, runs up and UPPERCUTS! Oba goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT again! Oba keeps moving, but Duke BOOTS him down! The fans are thunderous while both men are down! They both rise, and Duke fires body shots! Duke fires fast hands and an UPPERCUT! Duke whips and LARIATS! Duke then JABS! JABS! JABS! Flip, flop and “U~!” BIONIC ELBOW! The fans fire up, Duke sees Oba bail out, and so he PLANCHAS!!

The fans are thunderous as Duke actually hits that! Duke puts Oba in, RAMS into him, and SLINGSHOT GERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Oba survives but Duke has the hot hand. Duke puts Oba in a corner, hauls him up top, then goes up after him! The fans fire up, but Oba fires body shots. Oba HEADBUTTS Duke and Duke stumbles back. But then Duke runs and rolls, STRATUSFACTION! The fans are thunderous as Duke storms up on Oba. Duke reels Oba in, but Oba back drops! Duke sunset flips, but Oba clamps onto Duke’s neck! Oba drags Duke up to a fireman’s carry, but Duke shifts for a crucifix takedown! Cover, TWO!!

Duke and Oba rise, and Oba grabs Duke! CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Duke survives and even Thea can’t believe it! Oba huffs ‘n’ puffs and puts Duke up top now! Oba climbs, the fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” Duke fights back, and he tucks Oba in! SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?! No one can believe it, and Oba bails out! Duke pursues, and he headlocks, only for Oba to SHOTPUT Duke onto the desk!! Duke bounces off, Oba drags him back over! Oba puts Duke in, lines up his shot, and Duke staggers into the POP-UP BOMB!! Cover, Oba wins!!

Winner: Oba Femi, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

Chase U is devastated by Duke’s #FallFromGrace, but he pushed Oba as close to defeat as we’ve seen him yet! The Ruler still sits on the throne, but will he ever be defeated?

 

Jensen storms out of the building, Briggs following.

We see a lot of other superstars hanging out in the parking lot, too, like The Rascalz talking with Axiom & Nathan Frazer. Briggs again asks Jensen what in the hell was he doing with Je’Von. Jensen says who cares? Briggs is why Jensen lost! Oh, Jensen is definitely lost, and it’s not even funny. Jensen says it’s not like he hasn’t heard that before. Jensen then dares Briggs to take him on 1v1. Jensen is just proving Briggs’ point for him. The last time they went a round, Briggs beat Jensen pretty good. Briggs won’t put Jensen through that again. Then make it No Disqualifications. Then Jensen leaves in a car someone else is driving.

Who is it that’s on Jensen’s side other than Briggs? Is this person the bad influence that’s causing Jensen to go down this dark path?


My Thoughts:

This was a great episode for NXT, though once again rather stuffed full. Great walk ‘n’ talk promos to open while leading into the opening match, which was some awesome stuff. They also did a perfect job cueing up Joe Hendry’s entrance right as Vic Joseph mentioned him. Great win for Rascalz, and great promo of Gallus with Hendry after. If nothing else, this has to be leading to Joe Hendry VS Joe Coffey for Great American Bash in a couple weeks. And Great American Bash 2024 being two weeks this year is pretty cool, they’ll definitely make the most of those nights for being A) on Syfy and B) competing with the Olympics because that’s the whole reason they’re on SyFy.

Very good promo from Ethan Page with Oro Mensah that then gave us the NXT Championship match. Dante Chen gave a great performance tonight but naturally, Ethan won. Oro is definitely getting a shot at Great American Bash, though, as he continues to get on Ethan’s nerves. Oro also stopping Ashante THEE Adonis from talking up Jakara is definitely getting a match between the two. That promo segment was good, but I was a little disappointed that they didn’t reference how Cedric and Ashante had their “Callbacks” to NXT separately yet coincidentally at the same time. But oh well, I’m sure we’ll see them both get into the tag division soon enough.

Very good promo from Kelani with Wendy, then with Tatum after Tatum gets a good win off Izzi. Wendy and Tatum may or may not be a tag team soon, but Kelani is definitely facing Tatum for that title up next. Maybe Tatum wins with Wendy’s help? Or what if Great American Bash being two weeks, Kelani has back to back defenses, Tatum first and then Wendy after. Lola Vice had a good promo with the new toxic trio, and Lola got a great win off Jacy to rebound from Heatwave. But of course Fallon attacked and the trio tried to beat Lola down. Sol and Karmen coming to the rescue was a bit of a surprise, but Sol, Karmen and Lola is a great trio in itself.

Very good promo from Trick with Dragunov and Dunne, and I appreciate there’s some of that saltiness of Bruiserweight Dunne carrying over from Raw. I think Trick was spotted at the end of the show talking with Cedric, too, but I couldn’t be sure. Trick’s story definitely should be about him racking up wins against guys like Pete Dunne, Cedric Alexander, etc. to earn his rematch in time for No Mercy in September. Jensen VS Je’Von was a great match, though I feel like Je’Von got too many moves in given he’s got kayfabe bad ribs. But Spears and Briggs being why Jensen lost to Je’Von was a good detail, and Biggs VS Jensen in No Disqualifications, that is just screaming “Spears interferes” and we see Spears is Jensen’s new mentor, aka the guy Jensen just left the parking lot with.

And speaking of the NXT parking lot, I liked seeing Axiom & Frazer talking with The Rascalz. Axiom & Frazer VS MSK for the tag titles would be awesome just on the “too fast for the naked eye” nature of all their moves. And also in relation to the NXT parking lot, I liked Dempsey turning to Tony for advice on how to handle doing the mafia stuff, but I’m conflicted on Wren wanting to join NQCC. Shouldn’t Dempsey be blackmailing her into joining instead? He could threaten getting rid of her as a bluff, but instead she apparently wants to be NQCC because I guess even in this situation, male superstars can’t hurt female superstars.

Speaking of, we got a great Mixed Six with Jaida getting to hit Anderson and Mia getting to hit Nima before The OC won out. The OC was a bit surprising, though, I thought this was going to be OTM finishing off the feud and heading for title opportunities of their own. Then just a random and quick confrontation of Lexis and Eddy at Eddy’s “concert,” that was only okay. I would’ve rather we got a full talking moment where Lexis confronts Eddy for DJ’ing the Heritage Cup match, and then we still get them pushing, shoving and brawling.

And Chase U made for a great throughline tonight, akin to Bloodline on SmackDown or Judgment Day on Raw. Great promo from Thea and Roxie to set up a title match there, and I really liked Roxie namedropping Giulia and Stephanie Vaquer, hinting at those two spending a moment in NXT, if only just to get used to how WWE films things since we know they’re both top tier talent. Roxie surely retains against Thea, but who knows how it goes with Stephanie and Giulia. Duke VS Oba was an awesome match, one of Duke’s better singles matches, but I figured Oba would retain. No hints at Ridge doing this just to hurt Chase U, so who knows what the endgame for this story is, but hey, maybe Ridge tries to use this as reason to make him the top title guy, not Duke or Chase.

My Score: 8.8/10


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